Mastercard and Paxos help banks offer crypto, Jack Dorsey details new social platform and Tesla hodls BTC: Hodler’s Digest, Oct. 16-22

Coming each Saturday, Hodler’s Digest will help you monitor each single necessary information story that occurred this week. The greatest (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, main cash, predictions and way more — per week on Cointelegraph in a single hyperlink.

Top Stories This Week

Mastercard faucets Paxos to launch crypto buying and selling for banks

Banks will quickly be outfitted to offer shoppers crypto buying and selling and custody due to a new program known as “Crypto Source” from Mastercard and Paxos Trust Company. As a part of this system, Mastercard will cowl a number of the compliance, safety and interface details whereas Paxos handles crypto custody and buying and selling. Expected within the closing quarter of 2022, the Crypto Source program will basically present the underpinning that may let banks offer crypto buying and selling and custody to their shoppers.

Jack Dorsey unveils decentralized social with algo alternative and moveable accounts

Under the supervision of former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, a new social media platform known as “Bluesky Social” has entered its personal beta section after years of anticipation. Underpinning the platform is a protocol generally known as the Authenticated Transfer Protocol (previously named ADX). The protocol basically removes the partitions round person knowledge, letting customers transfer their accounts from platform to platform reasonably than having their profiles and info locked on a single platform.

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Hodl! Tesla hangs onto all its remaining $218M in Bitcoin in Q3

After offloading 75% of its Bitcoin holdings in Q2, Tesla determined to retain its remaining BTC in Q3, based on the corporate’s newest earnings report. The Q3 earnings report detailed Tesla’s steadiness sheet carrying $218 million in digital property. In February 2021, Tesla notably unveiled holding $1.5 billion price of Bitcoin, however bought most of its holdings the next 12 months as a result of China-related COVID-19 considerations.

Not like China: Hong Kong reportedly desires to legalize crypto buying and selling

Although a particular administrative area of China, Hong Kong is reportedly trying to ease its crypto rules to favor the trade. China has taken regulatory steps to discourage crypto trade exercise prior to now. Crypto buying and selling in Hong Kong itself is essentially restricted to skilled buyers, due to Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC). However, the SFC is now taking steps to permit retail crypto buying and selling, in addition to different crypto-friendly pursuits.

‘Performing as expected’ — Aptos Labs defends day 1 criticism

Aptos, a blockchain constructed utilizing programming language that was as soon as supposed for Meta’s Diem mission, launched its mainnet on Oct. 17. The well-funded blockchain created by Aptos Labs claims a processing capability of 160,000 transactions per second (TPS). However, simply 4 TPS was noticed on the time of Cointelegraph reporting on Oct. 18. The preliminary low numbers have been anticipated, based on Aptos on Twitter. Oct. 20 reporting revealed numbers for the blockchain had risen to 16 TPS.

Winners and Losers

At the top of the week, Bitcoin (BTC) is at $19,115, Ether (ETH) at $1,299 and XRP at $0.44. The whole market cap is at $916.20 billion, based on CoinMarketCap.

Among the largest 100 cryptocurrencies, the highest three altcoin gainers of the week are Casper (CSPR) at 32.19%, Lido DAO (LDO) at 16.23% and Maker (MKR) at 16.07%. 

The prime three altcoin losers of the week are TerraClassicUSD (USTC) at -24.65%, Axie Infinity (AXS) at -16.18% and EthereumPoW (ETHW) at -15.52%.

For extra information on crypto costs, be certain that to learn Cointelegraph’s market evaluation.

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Most Memorable Quotations

“Well, I imply, there are a number of causes [for having Bitcoin in space]. One, as a result of it’s cool, and you possibly can.

Adam Back, co-founder and CEO of Blockstream

“Now is the time to inform your pals and clarify the advantages about crypto, as a result of after they’re FOMOing at $70,000 [per Bitcoin] you ought to be telling them to not enter the market.

Marcel Pechman, markets analyst and Cointelegraph contributor

“Right now, hacking is actually the largest challenge that we’re fascinated by that’s taking place within the trade that’s an actual risk to safety.

Kim Grauer, director of analysis at Chainalysis

“We believe everything [in museums] will be an NFT, just like a serial number, for every product there will be an NFT.”

Hussein Hallak, CEO and founding father of Next Decentrum Technologies

“PoW was a useless finish for Ethereum.

Tansel Kaya, CEO of Mindstone Blockchain Labs

“Price manipulation is a cousin of misrepresentation, and in lots of jurisdictions, partaking in deceptive and misleading conduct is illegal and grounds for authorized claims.

Michael Bacina, companion at Piper Alderman

Prediction of the Week 

Bitcoin value ‘easily’ as a result of hit $2M in six years — Larry Lepard

Bitcoin’s value traded comparatively sideways for many of this week but once more, based on Cointelegraph’s BTC value index. 

Equity Management Associates founder Larry Lepard sees Bitcoin reaching $2 million per coin over the subsequent 5 – 6 years, he mentioned on a Quoth the Raven podcast episode printed on Oct. 16. “Bitcoin could go to zero, but I personally believe Bitcoin’s going to go up 100x,” based on Lepard. He additionally, nonetheless, famous the opportunity of Bitcoin dropping to $14,000 earlier than then.

FUD of the Week

Report: Half of all DeFi exploits are cross-bridge hacks

Cross-chain bridges are the weakest safety level in decentralized finance (DeFi), based on a Token Terminal report. The crypto knowledge supplier detailed that cross-chain bridge exploits, largely on Ethereum Virtual Machine blockchains, have accounted for about $2.5 billion in misplaced funds during the last two years. Cross-chain bridge exploits symbolize about half of all DeFi hacks throughout that interval.

77.1% of Salvadorans surveyed assume the gov’t ought to ‘stop spending public money’ on Bitcoin

Most Salvadorans should not happy with their authorities’s Bitcoin spending, based on residents polled as a part of a examine from El Salvador’s José Simeón Cañas Central American University. The nation made Bitcoin authorized tender in September 2021, though simply 24.4% of Salvadorans polled have used Bitcoin for funds since then, as of polling in September 2022. Additionally, lower than 40% of these polled favored El Salvador’s determination to make Bitcoin authorized tender.

4,400 disgruntled buyers are looking for Terra’s Do Kwon

Formerly organized to provoke lawsuits from Terra buyers, the UST Restitution Group (URG) has now shifted focus to looking for Terra head Do Kwon. The URG Discord group has 4,400 members who’re discussing and looking for Kwon on account of the Terra mission’s collapse earlier in 2022. Authorities have taken varied measures to search out the Terraform Labs co-founder. Kwon mentioned security precautions drove him to go away Singapore, based on an interview printed this week by journalist Laura Shin.

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‘Terra hit us incredibly hard’: Sunny Aggarwal of Osmosis Labs

“The Terra Luna protocol was created by someone with either an IQ of 50 or 150. And frankly, I can’t tell which one.”

DeFi abandons Ponzi farms for ‘real yield’

“Returns based on marketing dollars are fake. It’s like the Dotcom boom phase of paying customers to buy a product.”

KYC to stake your ETH? It’s most likely coming to the US

It shouldn’t shock anybody if regulators start telling node validators to impose KYC and AML necessities on customers staking Ether.

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